Alumnus named Minnesota’s Physician Assistant-of-the-Year

Alumnus named Minnesota’s Physician Assistant-of-the-Year

Urska Medvesek, Staff Writer

March 21, 2019

Eric Wirta, a 2005 graduate of SFU, was recently named the 2019 Physician Assistant-of-the-Year by the Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants. The award recognizes a physician assistant who demonstrates “outstanding work to the profession and the serving community.” Wirta serves as a physician...

Injured SFU student recovering after surgery

Injured SFU student recovering after surgery

Derrick Wiley, Staff Writer

February 21, 2019

On the evening of Feb. 1, SFU freshman Victoria Van Tassell was struck by a car on St. Mary’s Street in Loretto. Van Tassell was exiting a car driven by a fellow Saint Francis student. A witness said Van Tassell took a few steps before getting struck by another car. The driver of the car that hit...

SFU President becomes Minister Provincial

SFU President becomes Minister Provincial

Anna Baughman, Editor

January 30, 2019

Saint Francis President Father Malachi Van Tassell became Minister Provincial of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Jan. 20, following the resignation of the previous Minister Provincial, Father Richard L. Davis. The president’s role as Minister Provincial will last until July, when...

Six new members join University Board of Trustees

Six new members join University Board of Trustees

Katie Page, Staff Writer

November 28, 2018

Saint Francis has announced the addition of six new Board of Trustees members, all of whom have started four-year terms this fall. Trustees are tasked with furthering the mission of the University. “A trustee shall, at all times, embrace Franciscan values, be interested in higher education, support...

Father Malachi delivers State-of-the-University Address at JFK

Father Malachi delivers State-of-the-University Address at JFK

Anna Baughman, Editor

November 6, 2018

Father Malachi delivered his biannual State-of-the-University address to Saint Francis faculty and staff on Oct. 30. The presentation, held in JFK Auditorium, provided attendees with a progress report on SFU projects and plans. After SFU Board of Trustees meetings each semester, Father Malachi...

Patagonia seeks to educate electorate on environmental issues

Patagonia seeks to educate electorate on environmental issues

Haley Thomas, Staff Writer

November 2, 2018

Patagonia is known for its participation in various environmental campaigns and one of its recent campaign seems to be one of its most unique. Over the summer of 2018, Patagonia launched the “Vote Our Planet” environmental campaign. This campaign hopes to influence people to get out and vote in...

Father Malachi, fellow brothers complete Tough Mudder race

Father Malachi, fellow brothers complete Tough Mudder race

Damian Runk, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018

Father Malachi and several of his Franciscan brothers completed the Tough Mudder Pittsburgh Challenge on Sept. 8-9 at the Cooper’s Lake Campground in Slippery Rock. Saint Francis’ president competed in the event with five other Franciscans, including Brothers Stephen, Marius and Vince from SFU...

Major restructuring underway at University

Major restructuring underway at University

Anna Baughman, Editor

September 19, 2018

Saint Francis started off the 2018-19 school year with a major reconstructing – going from four schools to three – in response to financial issues and a desire for new academic offerings. Along with these structural changes, there have been movements toward staff reductions. The three existing...

SFU welcomes new international students

SFU welcomes new international students

Joe Zhou, Staff Writer

February 9, 2018

Saint Francis University’s International Student Program recruited three more Chinese international students in the spring semester. Two of the students are from Providence University at Taipei. The other is from Jilin, Heilongjiang Province. “Before I came here, I was a little bit nervous...

Survey reveals mixed feelings among Saint Francis students regarding symbols of Southern Confederacy

Survey reveals mixed feelings among Saint Francis students regarding symbols of Southern Confederacy

Shelby Bowen, Staff writer

September 20, 2017

Charlottesville, Virginia, was the site of one of the largest white supremacist protests in recent history on Aug. 12.  The protest turned violent when white nationalists clashed with counter-protesters.  Two people were killed and more than 30 were injured. White nationalists and their supporters...

Ridge visits campus for Law Enforcement Day

Ridge visits campus for Law Enforcement Day

Tyler Skipper, Staff writer

April 8, 2017

Former Pennsylvania governor and secretary of homeland security Tom Ridge served as the keynote speaker at the University’s second annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on March 24. In his speech, the former Army staff sergeant noted that when people see police, many automatically think “black...

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